Tent, n. [F. tente. See Tent to
probe.] (Surg.) (a) A roll of lint or linen, or
a conical or cylindrical piece of sponge or other absorbent, used chiefly
to dilate a natural canal, to keep open the orifice of a wound, or to
absorb discharges. (b) A probe for searching a
The tent that searches Shak.
To the bottom of the worst.
Tent (?), n. [Sp. tinto, properly,
deep-colored, fr. L. tinctus, p. p. of tingere to dye. See
Tinge, and cf. Tint, Tinto.] A kind of wine of a
deep red color, chiefly from Galicia or Malaga in Spain; -- called also
tent wine, and tinta.
Tent, v. i. [imp. & p. p.
Tented; p. pr. & vb. n. Tenting.] To
lodge as a tent; to tabernacle. Shak.
We 're tenting to-night on the old camp
ground. W. Kittredge.
Tent, n. [Cf. Attent,
n.] 1. Attention; regard,
care. [Obs. or Prov. Eng. & Scot.] Lydgate.
2. Intention; design. [Prov. Eng.]
Tent, v. t. To attend to; to heed;
hence, to guard; to hinder. [Prov. Eng. & Scot.]
Tent, v. t. [OF. tenter. See
Tempt.] To probe or to search with a tent; to keep open with a
tent; as, to tent a wound. Used also figuratively.
I'll tent him to the quick.
Tent (?), n. [OE. tente, F.
tente, LL. tenta, fr. L. tendere, tentum, to
stretch. See Tend to move, and cf. Tent a roll of lint.]
1. A pavilion or portable lodge consisting of skins,
canvas, or some strong cloth, stretched and sustained by poles, -- used for
sheltering persons from the weather, especially soldiers in camp.
Within his tent, large as is a barn.
2. (Her.) The representation of a tent used
as a bearing.
Tent bed, a high-post bedstead curtained with a
tentlike canopy. -- Tent caterpillar
(Zoöl.), any one of several species of gregarious
caterpillars which construct on trees large silken webs into which they
retreat when at rest. Some of the species are very destructive to fruit
trees. The most common American species is the larva of a bombycid moth
(Clisiocampa Americana). Called also lackery caterpillar, and